(of a garment) having a close-fitting waistline placed at the hip rather than at the natural waist: hiphugger jeans.


hiphuggers, trousers having this type of waistline.

Origin of hiphugger

First recorded in 1965–70; hip1 + hug + -er1
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Word Origin and History for hiphuggers

also hip-huggers, "low-rise pants or skirt," 1966, from hip + agent noun from hug. So called because they are slung from the hips, not the waist. Earlier as the name of a cut of women's swimsuit (1963).

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